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Work to do

I’m working like gangbusters on the Albatross, which is coming along nicely but slowly. However, due to the existence of a real job, things on this website are either going to be either slow, video- and persiflage-oriented, or thin until this bird is off my neck.  The appropriate song was recorded in 1972 by the Isley […]

Here are the crabs. . . I think

by Matthew Cobb Here are four crabs from the spot-the-crabs-post (circled). As I said, I wasn’t sure where they all were. I’m not entirely confident of the one in the middle on the left… And there are probably more! Here’s a very confident set of spottings from reader Heather Hastie on the comments of the original post, who […]

A shot across Lebanon, Missouri’s bow

Twice the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has written to the Superintendent of Schools of the Lebanon, Missouri school district, and twice they have been met with silence. The FFRF’s complaint, you’ll recall, is about Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery’s prayer at the last graduation—a prayer that clearly violated the First Amendment.  Principal Lowery […]

What are they?

Hint: they’re all from nature. The first two are pretty easy, the other two harder.

Spot the killdeer!

by Matthew Cobb This nightjar-less photo was sent in by photographer Peter Green, whose website is There’s a ground-nesting killdeer in here somewhere. In case you don’t know what a killdeer looks like, I’ve posted another pic by Peter which shows you what to look for. Answer tomorrow. Here’s a killdeer (anybody any idea […]

The Grants in the Galápagos and their hybrid species

Peter and Rosemary Grant, known to all evolutionists as simply “The Grants,” have just come out with a new (April, 2014) book on their long-term field work, 40 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Finches on Daphne Island (marginally cheaper at Amazon). I haven’t yet read it, but I know the work well, for the Grants do much […]

Armadillos need love, too

Okay, it’s time for one or two funny or heartening things. Who would have thought that armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) would be so affectionate. This one even seems like it wants a belly rub. Armadillos are in the order Cingulata, and the only family in that order is Dasypodidae, the armadillos. There are only about 20 species […]

Why Dembski is speaking at the University of Chicago

As I’ve mentioned before, ID creationist William Dembski is giving a talk in August at the University of Chicago’s “Computations in Science” seminar. As “Censor of the Year,” I could hardly let that rest, though when I protested I never requested that his seminar be canceled. Rather, I called into question the judgement of the seminar’s organizers. […]

Creationist Dembski gives academic talk at MY university!

An outraged alumnus of the University of Chicago called my attention to an upcoming “Computations in Science” Seminar. It is being given by none other than intelligent-design creationist William Dembski, famous for his characterization of ID in Touchstone Magazine: Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John’s Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory. […]

Tony Bennett

It’s the evening, I’m done with work, and nobody’s around to read this, so I’ll just post what I want. What I want tonight is to hear two of Tony Bennett’s best songs. I heard his stuff repeatedly as a kid, as my parents had several of his albums: “Love Look Away,” my favorite of all […]


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